Following on from Friday’s news, further details have come to light regarding Asian-American actor John Cho’s injury which he sustained just a week into shooting the ten episode live-action “Cowboy Bebop” series for Netflix.
Cho has the lead role in the series of Spike Spiegel, a cool bounty hunter with a deadly smile and wry wit, in this story of a rag-tag crew on the run from their pasts as they hunt down the solar system’s most dangerous criminals.
Filming got underway in New Zealand and after a few days, Cho was injured during “a freak accident that happened on the last take of a routine and well-rehearsed scene.” Early estimates then put the shutdown time between seven and nine months.
Netflix could potentially recast the role, things are early enough along that it could easily happen, but in a statement the streaming giant says they remain “fully committed to Cho in the title role” and are willing to delay production until late spring/early summer next year to accommodate the actor’s rehab schedule
Mustafa Shakir, Daniella Pineda and Alex Hassell also star in the series which now won’t arrive on screens until well into 2021.